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Wallace Dabbs: Remembering the original cool cat

 

 

Donna Stark: Shared history, but not shared blame

 

 

Cameron Triplett: American treasures

 

 

Bobby Garner: Unhappy with coverage

 

 

Our view: Our collective past

Posted 2/16/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

A phrase used by Donna Stark in a Local Voices piece in Monday's Dispatch has caused a stir among our reader-bloggers.

 

 

Donna Stark: Old times not forgotten

My grandfather, John Benjamin Beck, was born in 1862. His earliest memory was of his father, John T. Beck, waking him up where he was sleeping with his two older sisters in front of the fire. His father put the guns, swords, knives and ammunition he had assembled for his first cousin, Nathan Bedford Forrest, under the blankets in the bed and told the children to pretend to be asleep.

 

Birney Imes: Snow day

Posted 2/12/2011 in Local Columns

It began Wednesday evening, snowflakes coming down like in a Christmas movie. By the time I headed for home at 7, the streets were empty and white.

 

Matt Dowdy: Grateful to rescuers

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Disagrees with letter writer

In the Feb. 9 edition of The Dispatch, Mr. James Clayton Terry questions the effort to clean up absentee ballots and their potential for abuse and misuse, wondering if those calling for changes might not be getting the "benefits" of fraudulent votes.

 

Our view: Where's global warming when we need it?

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We have a hard time remembering when a sunny day felt so cold in Columbus. We were emboldened Thursday afternoon, encouraged by the clouds parting and the snow dripping slowly off the rooftops. But looks were deceiving.

 

Our View: With drama over, assess tourism priorities

Posted 2/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears city and county leaders have found common ground over the makeup of the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The council voted in a special meeting to follow the lead of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, with each body appointing two industry-specific members and one at-large member.

 

 

Raymond Gross: What Obama tax cuts?

Remember Obama steady bragging about not extending all those bad "Bush" tax cuts if he became president which would have increased everyone's income tax in 2011? Remember all the national panic and melancholy about four months ago when he was still saying the same thing?

 

 

Sanders Weatherby Sr.: Disagrees with letter writer

In response to Cameron Triplett Sr. Feb. 4 letter, "Agrees with column." You wrote: "Nobody wants to locate a business in a garbage dump."

 

Scott Colom: A hometown hero

Posted 2/9/2011 in Local Columns

Omar Ballard inspires me every time I see him. His presence personifies the benefits of hard work and discipline, the perseverance of the human spirit, and the potential for greatness in our city.

 

James Clayton Terry: Absentee voters

All my life I have seen and heard of politicians pulling off some of the dirtiest dealings to suppress po' folks voting strength.

 

 

Our view: City needs a better plan for its planner

Posted 2/9/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus' latest attempt to forge a comprehensive city plan died Thursday with the resignation of Patricia Southerland, who had occupied the new position of city planner for just five months.

 

Rufus Ward: Pushmataha

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

It was a glorious sun filled day with beautiful flowers covering a wide plain. Among the few trees was a giant centuries old Red Oak that overshadowed an immense area. For ages the great oak had defied all storms. However, though it had survived many centuries unscathed, it still had not accomplished the purpose for which the Great Spirit had planted it.

Birney Imes: Waiting for spring

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

Friday, at the end of an afternoon of weeding and rearranging flower beds, Linda Spearling went inside her house and warmed her hands over a wood stove.

 

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